The Search for Life in the Universe
Beginning with Mars, we review the ongoing effort to search for habitable planets, liquid water, and life in the cosmos. Culminating in the search for intelligent life, whether or not it already exists on Earth.
Neil deGrasse Tyson was born and raised in New York City where he was educated in the public schools clear through his graduation from the Bronx High School of Science. Tyson went on to earn his BA in Physics from Harvard and his PhD in Astrophysics from Columbia.
Tyson’s professional research interests are broad, but include star formation, exploding stars, dwarf galaxies, and the structure of our Milky Way.
For five seasons, beginning in the fall of 2006, Tyson appeared as the on-camera host of PBS-NOVA’s spinoff program NOVA Science NOW, which is an accessible look at the frontier of all the science that shapes the understanding of our place in the universe.
Tyson is the recipient of nineteen honorary doctorates and the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal, the highest award given by NASA to a non-government citizen. His contributions to the public appreciation of the cosmos have been recognized by the International Astronomical Union in their official naming of asteroid 13123 Tyson. On the lighter side, Tyson was voted Sexiest Astrophysicist Alive by People Magazine in 2000.
Recently Tyson served as Executive Editor and on camera Host & Narrator for Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey, the 21st century continuation of Carl Sagan’s landmark television series. The show began in March 2014 and ran thirteen episodes in Primetime on the FOX network, and appeared in 181 countries in 45 languages around the world on the National Geographic Channels. Cosmos, which is also available in DVD and BluRay , won four Emmy Awards, a Peabody Award, two Critics Choice awards, as well as a dozen other industry recognitions.
Tyson is the fifth head of the world-renowned Hayden Planetarium in New York City and the first occupant of its Frederick P. Rose Directorship. He is also a research associate of the Department of Astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History.
Neil deGrasse Tyson lives in New York City with his wife, a former IT Manager with Bloomberg Financial Markets, and their two kids.
Neil deGrasse Tyson VIP Experience is available in the purchase path and gets you access for an exclusive post-lecture Q&A. After the performance Dr. Tyson will come back out and spend an additional 30 minutes answering questions from VIP patrons. A photographer will take pictures of the experience that you will be given access to download.
Masks are requested, regardless of vaccination status.
The Skyline Terrace – A CONVENIENT PRE-PERFORMANCE DINING OPTION
Simplify your show plans by dining in a beautiful setting, just moments away from your seats! The Center is excited to offer a new pre-performance dining option on the Skyline Terrace in the Winspear Opera House. Before select performances, patrons can enjoy a catered buffet meal that has been specially paired with the evening’s show by Wolfgang Puck Catering. To view the menu for this show, CLICK HERE.